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Monday, June 29, 2009

Dawnbreaker, Third Book of the Dark Days Series (ARC) by Jocelynn Drake

Publisher: EOS Books / Harper Collins
Pages: 457 (384 pb)
Release date 9-29-09

(all book images and blurbs from Harper Collins)

From the Cover:
"The dawn brinks new terror for the creatures of the night..."

Those off her race fear Mira for the lethal fire she bends to her will -- a power unique among nightwalkers, both a gift ... and a curse.

The naturi despise Mira for what she is -- as they prepare the final sacrifice that will destroy the barriers between the worlds. And once the naturi are unchained, blood, chaos, and horror will reign supreme on Earth.

Mira can trust only Danaus, the more-than-mortal vampire slayer, though he is sworn to destroy her kind. And now, as the day approaches when titanic forces will duel under cover of darkness, destiny draws them toward an apocalyptic confrontation at Machu Picchu. But all is not lost. for a wild card has been dealt to them: a rogue enemy princess who can change the balance of power and turn the dread tide."

"Instant New York Times bestselling author Jocelynn Drake returns with the third action-packed Dark Days novel, as vampire enforcer Mira must stop an ancient coven."

Background Information:

"NIGHTWALKER is an action-packed, stellar debut. Jocelynn Drake will have you coming back for more." (Jeaniene Frost, New York Times bestselling author of Halfway to the Grave )

"An intoxicating mix of jet-setting action and sparkling turns of phrase that let me taste the Nile and feel the British fog. NIGHTWALKER is a must-read addition to the urban fantasy genre, filled both with action and satisfying characters." (Kim Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of For a Few Demons More )

"An unflinchingly self-assured first novel, chiseled with subtlety and irony into a darkly suspenseful and blessedly surprising story. In exacting detail, and with prose as silky and enticing as her protagonist, Drake has composed a love letter to the vampire genre. I wish I'd written it." (Vicki Pettersson )

Mira has returned to her beloved Savannah, but she is being hunted.....Naturi have followed from Venice. And they are a particularly blood thirsty bunch. The lycans are not safe, they're being summoned as foot soldiers for the Naturi, and at every turn the nightwalkers are fighting, if not the naturi, then the lycans. Both numbers of lycan and nightwalker are dwindling and the lycans are ready to pronounce an all out war on the nightwalkers to cleanse the city of the naturi presence.

Amanda, a nightwalker who wants to become part of Mira's new family, has been captured by the naturi and Mira knows what the naturi do to their captives. Danaus arrives from his home base in London just as Mira is set to reclaim Amanda. The naturi have to be dealt with before they open the door, summoning Aurora into the human realm. Mira needs to learn to use the earth magic that has been thrumming through her body, pushing for a place to belong, and also for a release, a need to be used.

As Mira and Danaus try to rescue Amanda, the naturi also have another captive, a young naturi female bound in iron, Aurora's youngest sister and princess to the naturi queendom, Cynnia. Why would the naturi have one of their own bound in iron? What is Rowe planning now? Will Mira and Danaus survive this next encounter with the naturi or will they perish as others have before them?

Dawnbreaker by Jocelynn Drake was a magical ride through the mysteries yet to come in the Nightwalker world. It was an fantastic addition to the Dark Days Series that will leaving you hoping, begging, screaming for more. We're left wondering what could be in store for the future of this series. I tried to stretch out this book, torn between wanting to speed through the pages, yet hanging on every word. Our heroine, Mira, has been put through Hell, but it's not over yet. The naturi want nothing more than to separate her head from her body, bringing the only true death for our Fire Starter. Rowe has sent his minions into her home to hunt her down, nothing will stand his way for releasing his queen-wife. The Coven and the members of the nightwalker society who were hoping for the unclaimed seat of Tabor are hoping for her death as well, but not before the seal is re-made. Mira finds herself as a protector of mankind as well as the Earth. Our hero, Danaus, is growing closer to Mira. It's almost as if he is being drawn to the one thing that brings the worst part of his soul into the open, the monsters that he has been hunting and killing all of his long life. Now, he begins to see that not all of the monsters come in nightwalker form. He realizes that some nightwalkers seek what he has lost as well, the humanity that has been alluding them all.

Dawnbreaker is such as incredible addition to the series that all I have tried to do is to peak your interest, give a small taste of what is to come in this unfolding world of the Nightwalker. It is truly a masterpiece of writing. Please visit Jocelynn Drake's website, it chock full of extras. Ms. Drakes blog as wonderful insights to her writing process and it updated regularly. Eos Books, which offered this very early ARC is a wonderful site full of great information. Thanks to both Eos Books and Jocelynn Drake for making this review possible.

If you have not read Nightwalker by Jocelynn Drake, what are you wanting for?? Here is a peek at the blurb for Nightwalker, First of The Dark Days Series.

For centuries Mira has been a nightwalker—an unstoppable enforcer for a mysterious organization that manipulates earth-shaking events from the darkest shadows. But elemental mastery over fire sets her apart from others of her night-prowling breed . . . and may be all that prevents her doom.

The foe she now faces is human: the vampire hunter called Danaus, who has already destroyed so many undead. For Mira, the time has come to hunt . . . or be hunted.

And Dayhunter, The Second Book in the Dark Days Series.

A new day dawns blood red

A master of fire, Mira is the last hope for the world. For centuries she has secretly enforced the history-altering edicts of the Triad. Now she and her unlikely ally—the human vampire hunter, Danaus—have come to Venice, home of the nightwalker rulers. But there is no safety in the ancient city, for the threat of conflict is in the wind . . . with unholy alliances and earth-shattering betrayals taking hideous form in the shadows.

Banished for eons beyond the world's boundaries, the malevolent naturi prepare to feed once again upon a vulnerable earth—and treachery is opening wide the portal that will enable their dread re-emergence. The great battle that has always been Mira's destiny is looming, and she must remain powerful in the face of a shocking revelation: that Danaus, the only creature she dares to trust, is something more than the man he claims to be . . .

Biographical information about Jocelynn Drake:

(image from SciFiGuy's webiste)

By day, Jocelynn Drake is a clean-cut financial analyst writer, but in her free time she writes about a dark underworld where vampires rule. The author of Nightwalker, she lives in Kentucky.

(from Harper Collins)
• Nightwalker was an instant New York Times and USA Today bestseller, spending four weeks on the extended and USA Today lists. This is a fabulous start for a debut author, and gives HarperCollins the perfect platform to build this commercial writer.
• Supernatural fiction is still going strong, as shown by the amazing sales of Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, and HarperCollins’s own wildly successful authors Kim Harrison and Vicki Pettersson.
• With a strong heroine and a sexy vampire hunter, Dawnbreaker is perfect for the many fans of paranormal romance looking for more great reads.
• Jocelynn Drake has a fresh new take on vampires, mixing globetrotting adventure and intrigue with a sexy cat-and-mouse game between the vampire heroine and a hunter—who has his own dark secrets. The heroine is fabulous—Mira is a mix of Jennifer Garner in Alias and Underworld’s Kate Beckinsale—a badass, beautiful, bloodsucking babe with a brain.
• Dawnbreaker will be published in October 2009, just five months after Dayhunter. Given HarperCollins’s great track record with rapid publication, this will continue to build Jocelynn Drake into a bestselling supernatural author.


Donna said...

I have the first book in the Dark Days series, need to read it. I have some serious catching up to do. Thanks for this post & review!

SciFiGuy said...

Dottie you lucky devil you. Dayhunter is on my years best list and this sounds like it surpasses that. Thanks for tiding us over until the book appears.

Lilixtreme said...

You just like to tease, don't you? *Sigh* I really need to get me Dawnbreaker, fast.

Amanda said...

OMG how have I not seen this series before now!? That sounds fantastic!!

I want it!

Unknown said...

Hi Donna!

Nightwalker was one of my top picks for 2008. Jocelynn Drake's second book in the series, Dayhunter is on of my top pick list for 2009 (and on my re-read list) as is good. And if you haven't visited her website, she has essays about Mira and Danaus there as well. I love it.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Doug!

OMG, this is a must read. We learn more about the Nightwalkers society, Mira, Danaus, the good. The taste I gave the reader happens at the very beginning of the much more to come. Even though I received this ARC, it's in manuscript form, I'll buy Dawnbreaker to have for my collection. There is just some series that I have to keep. This is one of them. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Lilibeth!

Well, Dawnbreaker is being released at the end of September, so not much longer to wait. It is a fantastic addition to the Dark Days Series, I enjoyed it too much. I hated to see it end, and the ending was superb. Lots more to come from this series.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Amanda!

It is a great series, Nightwalker was released in 2008 and it captured me, demanding to be read. It was so good. Dayhunter was as good if not better, and Dawnbreaker is right up there along side of them. So good, I hated to put it down, but wanted the story to last. Now, I have to wait all the way to 2010 for the fourth book. It is a sweet agony. Jocelynn Drake is a new, young author, so I can't wait to see what she continues to come up with.

Dottie :)

Mandi said...

I have Nightwalker on my wish list at PBS. I can't wait to get it to start this series!!!

Lea said...


What an awesome review!! You have indeed turned me on to this series. I think I have one of the books in my recent finds. I will have to pull it out! :)

Thank you so much for the heads-up. Great job!

And, thank you so much again for pimping Beth's contest. :)


Erotic Horizon said...

I have them - but with time and everything else, i just have not gotten to them yet..

You make me want to drop everything and pick them up...

They sound so dark and delicious...


Blodeuedd said...

Great review Dottie :)
That first book is on my list on books to look for one day. And they do seem to get more interesting

Blanche said...

Hi Dottie!!!

Fantastic review!! I've started collecting this series and will be adding this one to the pile!! :)

Unknown said...

Hi Mandi!

This is a great series, I hope someone at PBS has it and will send/exchange with you. It's so good, I think you will enjoy it. I'm dying because I have to wait so long for the next book!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Lea!

You have Nightwalker, I've seen some on your blog! It's so good, I can't wait for you to try it. Before the release date, I'm going to due a series review, because I love this series so much. I already have an extra copy of Dayhunter (book 2) and I going to do a giveaway. It's going to be fun!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi EH!

It is a great series, I hope you make the time to try it. They are dark and delicious, I'll be re-reading them. I've already read Nightwalker twice, it's so good.

Dottie :)

Unknown said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

I hope you can find them, Nightwalker is the place to start, but it's hard to find, although I sure a bookstore could order it for you. It's a wonderful series, I can't say enough good things about this author and the series.

Dottie :)

VampFanGirl said...

Great Review Dottie! I can really tell that you're lovin' this series. The covers are amazing, especially the one for 'Dawnbreaker'.

Thanks for the recommendation!

;) VFG

Unknown said...

Hi Blanche!

It a great series, sweetly dark. Jocelynn Drake writes this series so well, she captures your attention and when the last page comes, it a surprise. I definitely want more from this author!

Dottie :)

Unknown said...


I love this series, I can't wait to get more. I have to wait all the way to 2010 for the next book!!! I wish I could read them as they're coming off her printer, LOL! It a great book in a sweet series, what else can I say besides I love it!

Dottie :)

Jocelynn Drake said...

Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm glad to hear that you received an advanced copy and enjoyed it.

Unknown said...

Hi Jocelynn!

I was very fortunate in receiving an early copy of Dawnbreaker. When the blurb was released on your website, I added it to my review.

It is a fantastic addition to the Dark Days Series, and I can't wait for more.

It is my opinion that this is one of the best series I have read and encourage everyone to give it a try.

Thanks so much for stopping by and for giving us the Dark Days Series.

Dottie :)

Smokinhotbooks said...

Just what the heck am I waiting for...this series sounds awesome!!! Great review!

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